The Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks a Staff Attorney to work in its Pro Bono Engagement Unit. The Pro Bono Engagement Unit is housed within Legal Aid’s Downtown office, and is currently comprised of 2 full-time attorneys, and 2 paralegals. The Pro Bono Staff Attorney will report to the Pro Bono Director and will work closely with the Pro Bono and Enhanced Services Project paralegals.
The goal of the Pro Bono Engagement Unit is to expand and provide support for all pro bono at Atlanta Legal Aid, and coordinate the management, recruitment and training of all volunteers. The Unit coordinates multiple pro bono projects such as the adoption, minor and adult guardianship, name change, divorce by publication, estate planning, special education, and enhanced services project and collaborates with the DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton, Fulton office and HeLP unit pro bono projects.
The selected attorney will engage in a range of activities including assisting the Pro Bono Director with pro bono projects, helping manage pro bono projects, integrate pro bono into core legal services, grant reporting requirements, helping develop limited-scope pro bono opportunities, volunteer recruitment and training, matching Legal Aid cases with pro bono lawyers, providing substantive support for volunteers, regular networking with private attorneys, developing materials to promote projects, and other related responsibilities. Monthly local travel to all Atlanta Legal Aid offices is required.
Qualifications: Excellent legal writing skills, analysis, advocacy and work ethic are required. The position involves regular networking, relationship-building and being a strong representative of Atlanta Legal Aid and its mission. Strong communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability to changing work pressures, and appreciation of diverse staff and clientele are required. Candidates must be licensed in Georgia. At least 2 years legal experience after law school graduation is strongly preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, pro bono projects, familiarity with areas of poverty law, and previous work with low-income persons is strongly preferred.
Salary and benefits: The salary for a licensed attorney is $50,000+, depending upon legal experience. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave; health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match; CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application explaining your interest in the position, resume; a recent legal writing sample which demonstrates your ability to perform legal research and analyze legal issues; the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references; and an official law school transcript. Please send your application as one PDF using our online application system.